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The No Bummer Summer Reader

Updated on July 13, 2018
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Kim has many hubs on entertainment especially movies, and actors. she wrote for Squidoo and now has her own blog

Welcome to my private library

Book Worms

It's that time of year to just be lazy & chillax! Get to the beach & relax to the sound of waves or Hop on the nearest couch or recliner in front of the fire place (or so I wish) with your book or E-reader all cozy.

Whether you are bored & stuck with a black out or have cabin fever from spring hay fever, or Jack frost just pooped on your lawn and you're snowed in, or just flat out sick?

Maybe you have to do what I call the 'Free Reign' book report (Meaning you can read anything you may be interested in) Looking for recreational reading? I should have the answer here being as I think I may possibly have everything (or close to it) you may need to help you out. Also see my 2013 year of the book series for the ULTIMATE Book Report form/outline take notes then write the report.

I used to have this set up lke a book store would be with sections of new Releases & best sellers in one section, by genre, a Themed section, by age with a children's, young adult, & adult sections as well as my favorites (which includes recommended to and by me) even What I'm currently reading, but as it says in the next section (I've had to change the format (or is style a better word?).

There are links for virtual books shelves, How to repair a books, as well as a video, and a book you can order to learn more. There's also an option of what you can do with your books when you are done reading them. (think of it as an experiment)

If I don't have a Book topic or title here? Check out my other Hubs; There's music, writing poetry & other creative writing & a variety of Halloween & holiday ones as well. Just to name a few so check those out when you are done here as I may have what you are looking for. Also there's Ultimate reading Lists Books

A room without books is like a body without a soul


Book Club - not literall


How do you aquire your books?

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The Books of Summers Past ~ The 90s

1990 Diane Ackerman's A Natural history of the senses

1991 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

1992 All the Pretty Horses -Cormac McCarthy

1993 Like Water for Chocolate-Laura Esquivel

1994 The Alienist-Caleb Carr

1995 The Liars' Club -Mary Karr

1996 Drinking:A Love Story - Caroline Knapp

1997 Plum Islands- Nelson DeMille

1998 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding

1999 Hannibal -Thomas Harris

Putting on the witch

Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries Book 3)
Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries Book 3)

by Joyce and Jim LaVene

Retired Witches Mystery

pages 292

Molly and her coven of friends: Elsie, Dorothy, Dorthy’s ghostly Mother Olivia are invited to Dorthy’s boyfriend Brian’s birthday ball. He doesn’t even want it, he just wants to hang out with them. So they all go to the party.

Early in the party founding member of the Witch Council Makeleigh (from Egypt I believe) tells Molly there needs to be a change of the governing laws of

the Witches and her it would be brought up at a meeting there. She is later found dead in some pink sitting room, with a knife in her back.

Now there’s a thing about witches being born knowing what day they will die (and I think how). They are not usually killed by normal means but with a power dampening spell on the castle, everyone inside is only at half power. So they work together to solve the murder. The only clue they have is Mekeleigh’s last words Aba Mho Ord.

Then there’s the matter of Brian’s gift from Dorothy who purchased it from a mysterious man. A cat to be his familiar upon holding will find out its name Kalyna, which Molly says looks like Toothless the black dragon in How to Train your Dragon. She and Elsie get a funny feeling from the cat, and she likes no one but Brian.

The witchfinder of the inquisition Antonio something is summoned from his punishment by the council to find the murderer. By page 60 or 68 I had my suspicions about 2 characters, but was wrong. I’m sure one was supposed to be an obvious red herring.

I enjoyed how they worked everything out together, even educating the Witchfinder on a better way to get information than torturing people. The story also shows those you may think are the villain or have a bad reputation, are not always what they are made out to be. Likely just made to look that way by snooty aristocrats who are afraid of magic different from their own.


READ - Who What where when Why & HOw

the girl in the back left I see has the Zak Bagans Book Dark World & the face on the one on the right you'd think she saw Zak w/o his clothes on

What is a Number Line

It Books of Summers Past~ The 2000s the first decade

2000 White Teeth -Zadie Smith

2001 Cane River- Lalita Tademy

2002 The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

2003 The Da Cinci Code- Dan Brown

2004 Easts, Shoots & Leaves- Lynne Truss

2005 The Historian- Elizabeth Kostoa

2006 The Ruins- Scott Smith

2007 A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini

2008 The Host- Stephanie Meyer

2009 The Help- Kathryn Stockett

2010 The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Net- Stieg Larsson

Searching the Stacks- by Genre

Here's a compilation of Books either sold as a box set collection or at least one of the books in a series., There's around 15 books in the sweep series but you can also buy them as a single book with a few of each of the books included (see listing below for what I mean)

There's WAY too many Sweet Valley High books to list all (I saw one that said Book 134!! So this is just a mention of the series and same for the Hardy Boys

I have personally read or have at least one book in a series so far (sookie stakhouse (true Blood) series Dead as a Doornail, Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) Vampire Academy) or have the books listed on my wish list to be read.

The Books We Grew up with

Sweet Valley High

The Hardy Boys

Harry Potter series... please see my harry Potter Fodder lens for all your Harry-ing needs

Chronicles of Narnia


Harriet the Spy

Captain underpants

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume


Some series I haven't read (& can't remember if I added to the list)

Maximum Ride Series

Artemis Fowl Series

City of Ember Series...

Shadow Children Series

Uglies series....

A Great and Terrible Beauty series..

Supernatural Series (based on the Tv series)


R.L. Stine this author knows how to chill teens bones. The author has had two runs that I know of, of his GOOSEBUMPS stories and have been turned into Tv series or movies!

Read like a Wolf Eats

Read like a Wolf Eats -

Booked Every Night

Booked Every Night
Booked Every Night

My personal Library -A Vast range of Genres

Sadly I recently lost this section but I am trying to remember the books I had on here. Some I already read and have kept as they were favorites others I had to pass on the love while some are in my literal To read pile. (a corner in my living room. A big tv box with assorted books in it, plus my books cases, and the small boxes of series. Like what I have gathered of the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) Series, A Song of Fire and Ice, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, and the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich.

*= kept for library #-To Read

*The Stake by Richard Laymon

*The Physic Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein

A Flaw in the Blood Stephanie Barron

*The Paths We Choose by Sully Erna

Murder on the Prowl by Rita Mae Brown & SNeaky Pie Brown (Mrs. Murphy Series)

The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx

The Nest Gregory A. Douglas

*The Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn

* The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

I’m the Vampire That’s why : Broken Heart in OK Michelle Bardsley

*Dracula Un-Dead Dacre Stoker

# The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie

*Dark World - Zak Bagans

*The Halloween Tree -Ray Bradbury

A Dirty Job- Christopher Moore

# Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series

(I've read a bunch and have yet to read a bunch!)

Cell by Stephen King

The Student Body by Valerie Wolzien

The Grave Digger's Ball by Solomon Jones

Addition Toni Jordan

*Savannah Vampire series by Raven Hart

Summers past 'IT' books

2011 The Hunger Games series

2012 Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn


2014 The Vacationers (Emma Straub) or Mr. Mercedes (Stephen King)

2015 Does this beach make me look fat by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella


2017 'Rich People Problems' by Kevin Kwan


The age friendly rooms

Adult books

SERIES (its the series title NOT the book titles)

The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward++

Savannah Vampire Series by Raven Hart++

The Otherworld aka Sisters of the Moon Series by yasmine Galenorn++

Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlane harris (The set Tv Series True BLood is Based on)++

Dragon Lance Series by Margarette Wise & Tracy Hickman

Anita Blake by Laurell K. Hamilton

Songs of Fire & Ice by George R.R. Marin (Tv series Game of Thrones is based on) He currently in the process of writing 'The Winds of Winter

Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plus series (titles include One for the money)

If You ask Me (and of Course you won't) by Betty White

American Outlaw by Jesse James

Happy Chaos by Soleil Moon Frye (child star of Punky Brewster)

Elen DeGenerus

George Carlin Books-

When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin

The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade by Sally Wade

Brain Droppings by George Carlin

George Carlin - Class Clown by George Carlin

3 x Carlin: An Orgy of George by George Carlin

Last Words

Napalm & Silly Putty

Harry Potter series can be found on my Harry Potter Fodder lens

Some individual books

marley & Me by John Grogan

Dewey by Vicki Myron++

Stephen King- Delores Clairborn, Cujo, The Shining, Cell, The Colorado Kid

Best Sellers List

NY Times Best Seller Lists

Popular Childrens books and Series

Some of the stuff here I noticed should be in with the young adult section

New & old Individual & series (up to age 12)

Richard Scarry's A Story A Day 365 Stories and Rhymes by Kathryn Jackson

Bunnicula:The Vampire Bunny (Ready-to-Read. Level 3) by James Howe

Little Miss Gift Set (Mr. Men and Little Miss) by Roger Hargreaves

The Lovable Little Misses (Mr. Men and Little Miss) by Roger Hargreaves

Mr. Men Gift Set (Mr. Men and Little Miss) by Roger Hargreaves

The Marvelous Mr. Men (Mr. Men and Little Miss) by Roger Hargreaves

Harry Potter series

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

My sister the vampire series

Harriet the Spy

Captain underpants

The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon


Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

Skippy jon jones

Read With Dick and Jane: We Play by Grosset and Dunlap Staff

Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

A Family Treasury of Little Golden Books: 46 Best-Loved Stories by Ellen Lewis Buell

Heroes of Olympus series

Dr. Seuss

Diary of a Whimpy kid

The Poky Little Puppy Special Anniversary Edition LGB (Special Edition Little Golden Book) by Janette Sebring Lowrey

The Berenstain Bears series by Stan Berenstain

If you give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond

Fun with Dick & Jane

Spiderwick Chronicles


R.L. Stein

R.I.P. Author of Berenstein Bears

Young Adult


Vampire Diaries

57 Book Recs Based On Your Favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies

Edgar Allen Poe's Murders in Rue Morge

was Published April 20th 1841.

Historians of the Genre have sad its the first detective story and that Detective C. Auguste Dupin was a major inspirating for Inspector Bucket

Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are similar to comic books because they use sequential art to tell a story. Unlike comic books, graphic novels are generally stand-alone stories with more complex plots. Collections of short stories that have been previously published as individual comic books are also considered graphic novels. -from bing search

Avengers Infinity Gauntlet

The Walking Dead

American Gods

The Sandman -Neil Gaimen

I've read

The Crow

My Favorite Thing is Monsters

Book Sale

How do you buy books?

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What is a Teacher?

It isn't someone who teaches something,but someone who INSPIRES the student

Teach your Child to read -

Check out 'The Broken Link' For sites,articles etc on Children's Reading Levels.

See the Links list for Article How to Determine the Reading Level of Children's Books

The "Ready to Read' books levels are as follows

Pre-level 1 Reconizing Words = Word Repition Familliar Words & Phrases and simple sentences

Level 1 Starting to Read= Simple stories, INcreased Vacabulary & Longer sentences

Level 2 Reading Independently= More- complext stories, Varied Sentence structure and paragraphs and short chapters

Level 3 Reading Proficiently= Rich Vocabulary, More challenging stories and Longer chaptes (ages 6-8 for Bunnicula)

& a Leveled Book List

To make things easier here's a direct link for a Levels list.

Scholastic Guide Reading Level list

(Image found in an image search. I hope this can be read easily. (otherwise contact me on my Fb acc't & we'll se if there's a way I can get it to you so its readable.

Barnes & Nobles (& I'm sure amazon as well) sells a book You can include what you've read, I think it also has a section for those you'd like to read (& can include the Isbn ##) with spots for reviews I also have in the themed list some log books and think one or 2 are for children

*Make Your own (for mine I included)

Title, Author, Date started, Date Ended, How many pages & an 'Other' column for any other notes I might think maybe a grade of how I liked it)

You can even add stars for miles stones 25th 50th 100th books read

*Use a book that way you can use the above + write a review) or make your Own sheet like I did in word or database program

What is your favorite type of book to read?

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What's your favorite type of story

We all have a preference to what we like to read. Some use reading as escapism to get away from life, So that would be along the lines of FANTASY SUPERNATURAL etc stories some like mysteries crime & thrillers

Others like FICTION or a feel good NON-FICTION story

Some want a wirlwind ROMANCE

There's others looking for the truth Sci-fi Ghost Stories etc.

Others like learning on their own maybe some sort of self help book

So what is your fave Genre?

In Memorum

Ray Bradbury-Halloween Tree

Maurice Sendak- illustrator/author Where the wild things are

What to Do when you are done with the books - Book CROSSING Zone

Bookcrossing brochure (a piece of it)
Bookcrossing brochure (a piece of it)

Read and Release

My appologies that the picture is a little hard to read but you can enlarge the image on my Bookcrossing lens here

This is my Favorite way to pass around books to friends & family, or just to leave them in a waiting room, Bus, Train, rest area and so on. A friend of mine even found a book crossing book and sent it to me.

I get an update when someone leaves a journal Entry (review) of the book.

Try to read image above, if you'd like more information Contact me! (maybe I can find a way to include a link to the brochure as a PDF for easier reading)

I also have some documents so you can have some free labels made That I can attach as well To get you started!

Find out more on my Bookcrossing lens here

Dueling Pages

What do you prefer to read Physical books or e-readers?

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Throwing the Book - Dueling Pages

To me There's nothing like the smell and different textures of the pages as well as thickness Hardcovers to paperback and so on.

I think the reading experience is not only picturing what you are reading, but entails the smell of the book & the texture of the pages. Some feel different also sometimes the pages have that straight edge others look like they have that 'ripped' off look. Like the pages have become so dry, they are flaking away. I also find them easier when doing research to spread out rather than having to move (however you do) between books etc. on the e-readers, or windows & tabs on the computer. I can see all the pages I left open at a glance with the physical books, with the computer or I guess an e-reader, Its only one screen that can only show so much info at once. so for me REAL books are better and always will be.

Tho' yes there is room for E-readers, I can only understand them for those that are students or constantly 'Up in the air' (always traveling or moving) or the minimalists.

Write your OWN!!!! - sort of

I started to write a couple of stories in october (2011) I prefer to write in a composition book, or a binder with loose leaf paper

take an idea from a book you are reading.

Use a funny situation or embarrassing one from your life

Give yourself a goal.

say 2 pages front and back (I usually write on loose-leaf) but that would be 4 pages if writing in word or some other processor.

Deadline - 1 full day from wake to bed.

Use something from your day in the story. A situation at work, Lunch time or a treat at Starbucks. (Why not make the barista some superhero make up a name and write a story with them as main character and one of the patrons is the villain (or the other barista is) use those sitting outside as those he must save.

Inspiration comes when and where you least expect it (I really hate that, as I do not always have a pen & paper around to jot down the ideas for poems or my stories. One in which I got the idea from something someone said in a book or tv show.)

Check out my Epic ballad of Poetry lens for more possible ideas! Or you can check out What Miss Musings has to say in the links below.

Novel Idea - What is your favorite first line from a novel?

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      6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      7 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @Mickie Gee: Thank you for the compliment. Also I am trying to get around to adding some halloween reading to this but I do have a halloween page with a variety of books 9LOADS.. I htink there's over 100) on halloween, occult stuff & more. Anything I thought went with halloween.

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      7 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @JeanJohnson LM: Thank you for the tip Jean.. I'm adding it to the romance list.

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      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      Great lists for reading! Thanks for the feature of my Book Repair Video lens, by the way.

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      JeanJohnson LM 

      7 years ago

      A really good book I remember reading that was a vampire book/ romance it was called The Silver Kiss, by Annette Curtis Klause, loved that book. Anyways nice lens.

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      7 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @anonymous: unfortunately Squidoo doesn't seem to think so as its not noted in my Completed Quests. I also started the music one & spublished but that's not in there either.

      I just got another one to do as I leveled up & not sure if I want to even bother. (If I Publish an unpublished Lens for a A Quest does it count? ( I have a movie one & that's what it says one of the ones I can make (besides finding a bunch of lenses) I wasn't going to publish it until maybe November 1st but if It will count toward the quest once published then I'll participate. (I do wish tho' that instead of having to do the whole quest at once they'd ahve a save button on the page as it takes awhile to make the lenses. I try to make sure I have some content a(at least a text, & Book mod) before posting. & for this one you kneed to find 15 lenses. (Fashion, Fitness/health & omething else 5 each. 9The Kipsy the hudo ripr Monster Quest,.)

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      7 years ago

      I'd say that you successfully completed your quest and then some!

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      7 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @VoodooRULEs: Hey THanks! No prob.. I'm actually getting around to Posting more to the list (as well as adding to my Halloween (but that will be published come October 1st or 2nd) You can follow me @Kymodragon on Twitter for updates or friendme on facebook & watch the wall.

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      7 years ago

      Wow! Great lens! Wonderful list of resources! Thank you so much for making this available!

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      7 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @DuaneJ: thanks it was a quest tho. But I love reading & I will be updating the theme list through out the year. Its NOT JUST for summer.

      I fyou want check out my other pages I have a poetry page, (jsut looked at your bio & see you do liek poetry. AWESOME! Hope you will like my page on it & any ideas you can suggest I'd love!) Music Page one on my City (& surrounding area) & have 3 currently in progress. including a(generic) Halloween one that I see you have ALOT of various pages for!! I'm going to add them all to the links or FEatured lens

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      7 years ago

      Great idea for a lens!!


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